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David Craft, photo courtesy Sarah Anne ShawDavid Craft
David Craft is a researcher at Mass General Hospital in radiation treatment for cancer. He applies mathematics to the problem of finding optimal ways to irradiate tumors without overly irradiating the nearby unaffected organs. He has taught mathematics at Williams College, MIT, and Northeastern, and Brighton High School. After the Brighton High experience (long ago) he created this tool to make it easier for teachers to quickly create math worksheets to keep the wild students busy. He gave it to under the agreement that it would always be free to use. David holds a B.Sc. in engineering from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT. He also enjoys music, foraging for wild edible plants, bike riding, and eating mainly vegetables. Go to article >>

library-effect-600Norah Esty
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Norah Esty is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Stonehill College. She enjoys math, music, and poetry–not always in that order. Go to poetry >>

James Fox, President, Friends of the Somerville Public LibraryJames Fox
James Fox (@Friends_SPL) has been President of the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for two years following his graduation from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. His studies plus a mix of urban and rural upbringing (Vermont and Scotland) inform his ideas about libraries and their role in the community and the 21st century. Go to interview >>

Liz GotaucoLiz Gotauco
Liz Gotauco (@lizgotauco) is the Head of Youth Services at the Merrimack Public Library, where she is in charge of programming and materials for both children and teens.Previously, she worked as the Teen Librarian at the Warwick Pubic Library in RI and the Children’s Librarian at the Middleborough Public Library in MA.  She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she studied Library and Information Studies and Theatre. Liz blogs at Go to article >>

library-effect-600Lorena Gregor
Lorena is a photographer of the worlds that surround her. She captures honest portraits of her children, neighbors, friends, or strangers. Lorena considers the unique images in her life to be gifts that she sometimes gets to share with others through photography. When she is not talking about her passions in the third person, she is busy being a mother, wife, and HR professional in Boston, MA. Go to photography >>

Jan HolmquistJan Holmquist
Jan Holmquist (@janholmquist) believes the best library is created by being globally inspired and transforming that inspiration into acting locally in your community. Jan is currently working with library development at Guldborgsund Libraries, Denmark and is involved in global projects like #23mobilethings, The German library development network Zukunftswerkstatt, and has done crowdfunding library projects like Buy India a Library. Learn more at
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Tony Hsiao, Principal-Director of Design, Finegold Alexander ArchitectsTony Hsiao
Tony Hsiao received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, and his Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Mr.  Hsiao  became a Principal and Director of Design at Finegold Alexander Architects in 1997, and has contributed to a number of the firm’s best known and recent projects, with client types spanning from education, institutional, religious, and public and private sector work across the country. Go to interview >>

Sujei_LugoSujei Lugo
Sujei Lugo (@sujeilugo) is a Puerto Rican living in Somerville, Massachusetts interested in films, comics and zines, Latin American and Latino children’s literature, social justice issues, and public service. She is a former elementary school librarian and reference and serials librarian at the Puerto Rican Collection of the University of Puerto Rico. Sujei is currently working on her Ph.D. at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, focusing on collection development issues in interdisciplinary fields and Latino Studies. Go to article >>

library-effect-600Colleen A. Madden
Colleen A. Madden is an actress, writer, bookworm, and mother. She holds a BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three young children. Go to article >>

jeanettesewell_1363752480_61Claire Sewell
Claire Sewell (@clairesayswhat) is a cataloger at a public library in Houston, Texas. She enjoys the Dewey Decimal System, metadata, and cataloging graphic novels and fiction. Claire blogs at: Go to article >>

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